Meet the Chamber’s Executive Board Member

Bibi Moezzi is a leader of Pacific Premier Bank within the Santa Barbara market as Senior Vice President and Director of Commercial Banking. Recently, she has taken on additional responsibility in overseeing the commercial banking teams at Pacific Premier’s branches in Santa Maria and Ventura.

As Director of Commercial Banking, she leads a team in Santa Barbara and Ventura counties to provide custom banking solutions and strengthen existing relationships. She has built a 20-year banking career in the Santa Barbara area.

Ms. Moezzi, was born and raised in Tehran, Iran. After receiving her bachelor’s degree in Chemical Engineering, she moved to the United States to continue her education. Her introduction to the banking industry started when she had a temporary job at a bank as a loan processor.

Actively involved in the Santa Barbara community, Moezzi is a board member of the newly merged SB South Coast Chamber of Commerce and sits on the Executive Committee. She also serves on the board of the nonprofit AHA!, and serves on committees for other nonprofits, such as United Boys and Girls Club.  Additionally, Moezzi served on the board and executive committee of the Teddy Bear Cancer Foundation, Old Spanish Days Fiesta, and Boys and Girls Club of Santa Barbara.

Moezzi received the “Extra Step Award” from Congresswoman Lois Capps and the Santa Barbara Police Department, as well as the Pacific Coast Business Times’ 40 Under 40 Award and Top 50 Women in Business.

Bibi, her husband Bill Pesso and her 7 year old son, Sam, live in Santa Barbara. Bibi and Bill are celebrating their 10th year wedding anniversary this April.

Meet the Chamber’s Executive Board Member

Curtis Lopez was with Mission Linen Supply serving as their Director of Purchasing. Curtis retired in 2019 after spending twenty-nine years with Mission Linen. Curtis is the immediate past co-chairman of the Santa Barbara South Coast Chamber of Commerce and was a lead architect of the 2020 merger of the Carpinteria Valley, Goleta, and Santa Barbara chambers of commerce.

A member of the chamber’s Executive Committee, Curtis served as co-chairman of the Carpinteria Chamber of Commerce prior to the merger and served three terms on Carpinteria’s board.

A native of Carpinteria, Curtis’ family settled in the Carpinteria Valley in 1860 making him a 6th generation Carpinterian. Aside from numerous trade organizations, Curtis has also served on the Carpinteria Education Foundation, The Carpinteria Lions Community Building Association, Site Committee for the Carpinteria Unified School District, Carpinteria Boys and Girls Club, and The Carpinteria Lions Club.

Curtis was the recipient of the “Carpinterian of the Year” award for 2018.

Curtis and his wife Diane live in Carpinteria and have two adult sons.

The Santa Barbara South Coast Chamber Presents the Carpinteria State of the City on Friday


March 16, 2021


Kristen Miller, President/CEO

Santa Barbara South Coast Chamber of Commerce

Phone: 805.967.2500  Ext. 108



The Santa Barbara South Coast Chamber Presents the Carpinteria State of the City on Friday

The Santa Barbara South Coast Chamber of Commerce, from Goleta to Carpinteria will host a virtual Carpinteria State of the City on Friday, March 19th from 9:00 AM – 10:30 AM which was filmed live from the LinkedIn Campus in Carpinteria.

Guest speakers include the City Mayor Wade Nomura and City Manager Dave Durflinger, Superintendent, Carpinteria Unified School District, Diana Rigby, and Peter Rupert, Ph.D., Professor of Economics at UC Santa Barbara and the Director of the Economic Forecast Project.

The City Mayor and City Manager will discuss business recovery and economic support, legislative activities, investment in capital projects, new development, and city financials. Diana Rigby will give an overview of the Carpinteria Unified School District, transition of operations amidst the pandemic, financial aid relief, and Measure U building projects. Dr. Peter Rupert will present a synopsis of unemployment, cannabis, leisure and hospitality, and retail and housing markets in Santa Barbara County.

The Santa Barbara South Coast Chamber is dedicated to the economic health and vitality of communities from Goleta to Carpinteria. With the ongoing pandemic, the information to be presented is more crucial than ever to inform our business and community members on critical information about their community and government and to provide a comprehensive update on the ever-changing business landscape.

Register at Carpinteria State of the City | Santa Barbara South Coast Chamber

Thank you to our Title Sponsor – COX Communications

Many thanks to our Corporate sponsors: Agilent Technologies, Carp Growers, Chevron, Community West Bank, Courtyard Marriott Santa Barbara Goleta, Exxon Mobil, LinkedIn, Lure Films, Noozhawk, Pacific Coast Times, Procore, Residence Inn Marriott Santa Barbara Goleta, Santa Barbara City College Foundation, Signature Flight Support, The Towbes Group, and UCLA Health.

Thank you to our Supporting Sponsors: Atlantic Aviation, Bega N.A., Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck, City of Carpinteria, E.J. Harrison and Sons, Latitude 34 Technologies, Marborg Industries, Meister & Nunes, PC, Montecito Bank & Trust, Pacific Premier Bank, Santa Barbara Airport, Santa Barbara Independent, Suzanne Elledge Planning and Permitting Services, Inc., and Village Properties.

Carpinteria is the first of the 4-part State of the City series. We intend to feature Santa Barbara in April, Goleta in May, and the State of the County in June.

Meet the Chamber’s Executive Board Member

Bill Macfadyen is the founder and publisher of Noozhawk, Santa Barbara County’s leading source of local news and information.

With a staff of 10 professional journalists and five sales and marketing representatives, the 24/7 website boasts a daily audience of 23,000 readers and more than 1.7 million stories read each month.

Bill is the immediate past co-chairman of the Santa Barbara South Coast Chamber of Commerce and was a lead architect of the 2020 merger of the Carpinteria Valley, Goleta, and Santa Barbara chambers of commerce.

“A healthy small business environment is the surest sign of a healthy community, and we believe a unified chamber can be the most effective advocate for both — throughout the South Coast,” he says.

A member of the chamber’s Executive Committee, Bill serves as board liaison for the organization’s new Economic Development Committee, whose primary mission is the revitalization of State Street in downtown Santa Barbara.

He previously served two terms on the board of the Goleta Chamber of Commerce and was board chairman in 2009 and 2019-2020.

Bill is also a board member of the Santa Barbara Club, Santa Barbara Partners in Education, the Westmont College Foundation and the Montecito Association, and is a member of the Santa Barbara Council on Alcoholism & Drug Abuse’s Fighting Back Steering Committee.

He has served as senior warden at All Saints By-the-Sea Episcopal Church in Montecito, where he completed two separate terms on the Vestry and is a past board member of All Saints Parish School.

In 2008, Bill was named Entrepreneur of the Year by both the Goleta Valley Chamber of Commerce and the Santa Barbara Technology & Industry Association. In 2012, he received the National Journalism Education Association’s Friend of Scholastic Journalism Award in recognition of Noozhawk’s work with The Charger Account, the student news website at Dos Pueblos High School.

Bill and his wife, Missy, live in Montecito with their latest Alaskan malamute, Sadie, and they have three adult children.

Legislative Update Press Release


March 8, 2021

Kristen Miller
President and CEO
Santa Barbara South Coast Chamber of Commerce
Phone: 805.967.2500  ext. 108

Santa Barbara, CA  –  The Santa Barbara South Coast Chamber of Commerce, From Goleta to Carpinteria will host their first Legislative Update on Friday, March 12, 9:30 AM-10:30 AM.

Featured speakers will include Congressman Salud Carbajal, Senator Monique Limón, Assemblymember Steve Bennett and First District County Supervisor Das Williams.

Congressman Carbajal will discuss the federal response to COVID-19, outline legislative priorities for the 117th Congress, and provide an update on the American Rescue Plan – a $1.9 Trillion COVID-19 relief package meant to bolster our economy through the pandemic and beyond.

Senator Limón will provide a legislative update including the proposed state budget, priorities for this term, and will touch on COVID-19 response.

Assemblymember Steve Bennett will speak about Legislative priorities, bill package highlights, and the State’s response to COVID-19.

Supervisor Das Williams will present an update on all COVID related matters, including vaccine issues and Central Coast Community Energy (3CE).

The Legislative Update is an information-packed program, designed to brief the business community on the latest business trends, legislative updates, economic development, and relevant issues that affect the South Coast.

Many thanks to our sponsors: Cox, Chevron, Cottage Health, and Plains All American Pipeline, L.P.

Meet the Chamber’s Executive Board Member

Joseph Cambray, Ph.D., has been President & CEO of Pacifica Graduate Institute since 2017, prior to that from 2015 he was Provost and Vice President of Academic Affairs at the Institute.  He is on the Board of Governors of the Society of Jungian Analysts of Northern California and is the past-president of the International Association for Analytical Psychology.  For many years he was on the faculty of Center for Psychoanalytic Studies at Harvard Medical School in Boston before moving to the Santa Barbara area.  He is a published author of several books and an international lecturer.  Since 2000 he has been involved in psychological instruction and training in China where he has helped set up six sites and regularly visit China on an annual basis.  He has also brought groups of Chinese scholars to the Santa Barbara area for intense periods of study over the past 4 years.

Dr. Cambray is a member of the Executive Committee of the SB South Coast Chamber of Commerce and had previously been on the Executive Committee of the Carpinteria Chamber of Commerce.  He was a part of the merger team which formed the SB South Coast Chamber of Commerce.  Pacifica Graduate Institute under his leadership has hosted legislative breakfasts in past years and hopes to do this again once the county is reopened for gatherings.  He has been the Education Industry Champion for the Chamber’s Roadmap to Recovery program.

Although born in San Diego, Joseph has lived in various locals nationally and internationally.  He received his doctorate from UC Berkeley and did post-doctoral research at Stanford, returning to CA as opportunities have arisen.  He has family in the Bay Area, and lives with his wife in Carpinteria, a town they have fallen in love with, walking the beaches most days.  He enjoys scuba-diving and travel, having led trips on the Silk Road in China and will be leading one next year to Switzerland.

Roadmap to Recovery Focus Group Registration – Phase 2

As the Chamber’s Roadmap to Recovery continues to evolve, we are reconvening our focus groups to gather additional information to add to our Recovery Plan that supports safe and continuous operations. Four months after our initial focus group meetings which included 165+ members in 11 different industry sectors, we invite you to join us in our next phase of chamber input. Simply complete the google doc  here and we will notify you of the upcoming meetings on March 30th & 31st.

The SBCC Chamber continues to work closely with government leaders, public health officials, residents, parents, and the business community to respond to, and understand, COVID-19 guidelines. In the course of almost a year, the request from the business community has been to have a clear and actionable plan that supports continuous and safe business operations. The Roadmap to Recovery is the culmination of months of industry specific focus groups and results in a plan of action for our members and the business community that allows businesses to operate with the utmost safety.

For more information, please contact Joyce Donaldson at

Junior Carpinterian Scholarship Applications

The Chamber’s Jr. Carpinterian Scholarship application form is now available on our website. The merged Chamber continues the long standing tradition to honor outstanding local high school seniors for their leadership abilities and contributions to the community. The Jr. Carpinterian Scholarships are available to any graduating senior who is a resident of the Carpinteria Valley.

The Jr. Carpinterian Scholarships are planned to be awarded in the Spring 2021. The Chamber will once again offer three Scholarships to well deserving graduating seniors. The Jr. Carpinterian of the Year (Jr. COY) will receive a $4,000 Scholarship and two finalists will each receive a $1,500 Scholarship. Two Teachers of the Year will also be awarded Scholarship funds for supplies and to enhance their classrooms.

For more information or to contribute to the Junior Carpinterian Scholarship Fund, please contact or call 805.967/2500 Ext. 206.

2021 Junior Carpinterian of the Year Application

Chambers Thanks Teachers and The Community

On March 1, our community experienced a significant milestone that deserves to be celebrated against the long, dark legacy of COVID-19. The Chamber’s Roadmap to Recovery called for all schools to be able to reopen in some capacity by March 1, and they did.

We want to extend a huge thank you and congratulations to the schools’ leadership, teachers, staff, businesses and the entire community for pulling together, taking proper precautions, and helping advance our recovery. We especially want to recognize the families who made incredible sacrifices on behalf of their children to help keep them moving forward with their education over the last 12 chaotic months.

While Carpinteria Unified, and most of the smaller elementary districts and private schools on the South Coast, reopened in October, our largest district, Santa Barbara Unified, was working toward a Jan. 19 return. Gov. Gavin Newsom’s early December Stay at Home Order thwarted those plans, and set off several more months of uncertainty.

Both the Santa Barbara Unified and Goleta Union school districts — led by Superintendents Hilda Maldonado and Donna Lewis, respectively — crafted plans to keep our students and professional teachers and staff safe, while reopening schools to in-person instruction to advance student success and our community’s recovery and economic health.

The Chamber thanks the education community for their hard work, dedication and leadership to get to this point and we are committed to building on this progress and working with our schools to get all of our grades fully open safely.  We also are grateful for the teachers and staff who have worked diligently over the last year to present a positive front and support our students.

Congratulations are due our community for its resilience, energy and solidarity during this difficult public health and economic crisis. We applaud you for taking necessary precautions, supporting local business nonprofit organizations, and our schools.

Thank you again for helping us achieve a critical milestone in our Roadmap to Recovery.

Meet the Chamber’s Board of Directors New Chair

Kirsten McLaughlin has served as Market Vice President for Cox Communications in Santa Barbara since 2016 where she oversees local operations and is the “face of the company” in the community. Additionally, McLaughlin is a member of Cox’s CA Senior Leadership team and leads a variety of cross-functional programs and projects for Cox in California.

McLaughlin currently serves as Chair of the newly merged SB South Coast Chamber of Commerce, sits on Executive Committee and co-chairs the Governance Committee for Partners in Education, serves on the Board of Directors for MOXI, and Co-Chairs the South Coast Business and Technology Awards Steering Committee.  She has previously held board positions with the Santa Barbara Family YMCA, the California Cable, and Telecommunications Association, and the Business Giving Roundtable.  She is a sustaining member of the Junior League of Santa Barbara, and a longtime volunteer for the California YMCA Youth and Government Program. McLaughlin was honored with the Pacific Coast Business Times 40 under 40 award in 2018 and Top 50 Women in Business in 2017 and 2020 and was awarded the Goleta Chairman’s award in 2020.

Prior to joining the Cox team in 2014 as Public Affairs Manager, McLaughlin held several policy, legislative, and public affairs positions with regional water agencies in Orange and Santa Barbara Counties, and served as a Field Representative for U.S. Senator Dianne Feinstein in Los Angeles and Orange Counties.

“The vision for the Chamber in any year is to advocate for responsible public policy, offer networking and community-building opportunities, provide access to business development resources, and support visitor services across the region. 2021 is no different.  As we tackle the challenges our business community is facing head-on. Our top priority Is the pandemic response and our Roadmap to Recovery. We’re also focused on economic development including filling empty storefronts on State Street and addressing the on-going homelessness crisis in our community.”

McLaughlin is a Santa Barbara native and holds a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and Mass Communications from UC Berkeley and a Master of Public Policy from UCLA.  These days she is busy with her ten-month-old adorable puppy, Finley. Kirsten is an avid sports fan, enjoys outdoor adventures, and traveling with her husband.  In 2019 they climbed Mt. Kilimanjaro (elev. 19,340 ft). Kirsten and her husband will be celebrating their 15th Anniversary in April.